Candidate Profile
Josh Dobson

Republican , North Carolina

Biography

Name
Josh Dobson
Party
Republican
Race
Commissioner of Labor
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating*

Somewhat Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

NC Values Coalition, 2020:  96%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2013:  91%
National Federation of Independent Business NC, 2018:  89%
American Conservative Union Foundation NC (ACU), 2019:  75%, 74% (cum.)

88%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union NC (ACLU-NC), 2017-2018:  40%
League of Conservation Voters NC, 2017-18:  11%, 13% (cum.)

26%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

1
North Carolina Values Coalition

Others

2
*North Carolina Troopers Association, Wake GOP

Reported by Candidate

3
Cherie Berry, Steve Troxler, Tim Moore

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
20
Brian Brown (2014), Carl Ford (2017), Chris Malone (2018), Chris Millis (2013), Committee to Elect Republican Women (2016), Gregory F. Murphy (2018) and 14 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
12
David Curtis (2018), Donny Lambeth (2019), Edgar V. Starnes (2018), Gregory F. Murphy (2020), Jason Saine (2014), Justin Burr (2014) and 6 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
American Nurses Association (2018), North Carolina Association of Educators (2018), Paul Tine (2019)

Summary

9%

LIBERAL

91%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Agree   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, North Carolina should repeal its law allowing abortion up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

No Answer   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

The state should not restrict an individuals right to worship or not worship as they choose.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Increasing funding for Public Health Departments Increase funding for free and charitable health clinics Promote Health Benefit Plans similar to what has passed in the NC General Assembly Consider proposals like Carolina Cares


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Agree   

State, sheriff and local law enforcement agencies should be required to participate in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) Program to enhance the safety and security of their communities to identify and detain aliens.

Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

(Did not answer)


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

No Answer   

I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

Disagree   

Parents should have the right to know what schools are teaching their children about sex and LGBT issues and should have the right to opt their children out of any instruction to which they object.

Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian and I believe that Jesus Christ died as a sacrifice for sin.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Pro-Life (voted for born alive bill) Pro 2nd Amendment (supported and voted for 2 Amendment legislation) Voted for fiscally conservative budgets in the State House.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Served in elected office at the local and state level for 10 years Master of Public Administration from Appalachian State University

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

(Did not answer)


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • McDowell Technical Community College, Marion, A.A, 2003
  • Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, B.S., 2005
  • Appalachian State, Boone, MPA, 2008
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Marion Kiwanis Club, President
Offices
  • McDowell County Commissioner, Held 2
  • State House of Representatives, Held 8
 

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